American Immigrant Policy Portal

March, 2023

Research to Inform Policy, Practice, and Advocacy on
Migration-Related Issues

Reports, studies, and information about immigration policy
and the process of creating a fair and welcoming society for all

Materials organized by collection topic.
Click on headlines for abstracts and links to original research.

Recent Public Policy Research and Reports

Adult Education and Workforce Training

Using survey data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC), researchers argue for greater attention to the problem of skill underutilization among college-educated immigrants

(Migration Policy Institute)

Employment and Labor Issues

By arguing for "hybrid status" for immigrants, legal scholar seeks to avoid negative consequences for immigrants no longer classified as "independent contractors" by state law

(Social Science Research Network)

Massachusetts takes the lead in helping to integrate internationally-trained health workers into the U.S. health care system

(World Education Services)

Study finds that U.S.-born low-income workers derive benefit from the hiring of low-income immigrant workers

(National Bureau for Economic Research)

Human Services (Healthcare)

13 state fact sheets document the vital role played by immigrants in the American health care system

(American Immigration Council)

Immigrant Communities

Report published on the size, geographic distribution, and demographic characteristics of the Chinese immigrant population in the U.S.

(Migration Policy Institute)

Report examines the size and demographic characteristics of the Asian Indian immigrant population in the U.S.

(Migration Policy Institute)

Immigration Demographics

Report sketches a statistical profile of the 1.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. holding a bachelor's degree or higher

(Center for Migration Studies)

Law Enforcement

Study finds serious flaws in the administrative capacity of immigration courts resulting in due process failures and unfair deportations

(Social Science Research Network)

Local Government

Report calls attention to innovative policies and programs implemented by cities around the world to deal with growing numbers of climate-induced migrants

(Chicago Council on Global Affairs)

National Perspectives (Immigration Policy)

Paper warns of the threat to human rights of the "everywhere border" -- a digital migration control infrastructure involving authorities in other countries

(Transnational Institute)

Report analyzes the reasons why some countries refuse to accept the return of deportees and provides data on the scope of the problem

(Migration Policy Institute)


Featuring a selection of recent Op-eds from

Immigration researchers and major opinion leaders


March 23, 2023

Immigration to Canada fuels population growth of over 1 million in 2022

BBC News

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March 16, 2023

America is abandoning rationality to justify illegal immigration

Joseph Chamie, The Hill

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March 14, 2023

U.S. Chamber of Commerce objects to proposed USCIS fee increases

Jon Baselice, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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March 14, 2023

The US. lost 45,000 of its college grads, 88% of whom were immigrants, to Canada's high-skill visa program

Cecilia Esterline, Niskanen Center

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March 8, 2023

House Dems seek to update immigration law by changing the registry date

Cassie Semyon & David Mendez, Spectrum News

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March 1, 2023

Many Undocumented Immigrants Are Departing After Decades in the U.S.

Miriam Jordan, The New York Times

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March 1, 2023

Moving the national immigration conversation forward requires including conservatives in the conversation

Seth Schwartz, Psychology Today

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March 1, 2023

Why Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh's resignation is a good thing

Chris Richardson, The Hill

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February 29, 2023

The U.S. Is Choosing Child Labor Over More Immigration

Eric Levitz, Intelligencer (New York Magazine)

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February 23, 2023

The Answer to Population Decline is More Immigration

Veronique De Rugy, Reason

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February 13, 2023

California's Highly Educated Immigrants

Marisol Cuellar Mejia et al, Public Policy Institute of California

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February 13, 2023

Advancing the Economic Inclusion of Immigrants and Refugees: State Policy Priorities for 2023

Natalie Torres, Global Talent Bridge Partner Blog

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Our Mission

"'Closing the Knowledge to Action Gap"

As the United States struggles to build a modern and effective immigration system, the Portal enables advocates and policy-makers to use evidence-based research to guide their work.

Our goal is to preserve and disseminate the findings of leading researchers who are seeking answers to questions critical to the future of the country.

To date, our team of volunteers has produced over 2,000 concise research summaries grouped into multiple topical collections.

These summaries, as well as links to original research, are available at the Portal website and at the website of the Public Education Institute of the Immigrant Learning Center.

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